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By Madu Chikwendu Failure is an orphan and success has many cousins. This is an English adage, but when transplanted to Africa and Nigeria in particular, where you are your “brother’s keeper” (take it or leave it), then you can imagine the number of relations Brand Nollywood has suddenly acquired over...

By Madu Chikwendu The broadcast sector remains part of the Nigerian economy, with its attendant problems. There is the need to look at infrastructure that would support this new initiative, starting with power. This has remained epileptic, with electricity supply of 3,200 mega watts as at March 2014. How did the telecommunications companies overcome this problem? Insecurity,...

By Madu Chikwendu Last weekend in Sun Valley , Idaho USA media moguls including the likes of 21st Century Fox Chairman, Rupert Murdoch, debated the future of broadcasting sponsored by investment bankers Booz, Allen & Co. Other heavyweights in attendance include, Time Warner Chairman, Jeff Bewkes, Disney Chairman, Robert Iger, CBS Corp. Chief, Leslie Moonves, Viacom...

By Madu Chikwendu On May 26, the Steven Spielberg-led jury announced Blue is the Warmest Color, by Tunisian born  Abdellatif Kechiche, as winner of the Palm d’Or. The Palm d’Or is the most prestigious prize awarded  by Festival de Cannes,  arguably the worlds biggest film festival. Within the film festival circuit, it could be likened to the world cup. The Grand...

By Madu Chikwendu The Oronsaye committee has recommended the full fledged commercialisation of Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), for the sister agency, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), it decreed a fate “worse than death”, loss of autonomy and a reversion to directorate status under Ministry of Information .This directionless directives reflects the tragicomedy...

By Madu Chikwendu While in Aba, Abia State, recently on a visit, a very disillusioned citizen screamed to my hearing: “They are all Boko Haram …they condemn Boko Haram but when you visit any form of evil or wickedness on your neighbour you are a terrorist”. This may be stretching the imagination but there is a fundamental issue…we have become a hypocritical...

By Madu Chikwendu Failure is an orphan and success has many cousins. This is an English adage, but when transplanted to Africa and Nigeria in particular, where you are your “brother’s keeper” (take it or leave it), then you can imagine the number of relations Brand Nollywood has suddenly acquired over the last few years. Put in a dash of popularity, mix it with big...

By Madu Chikwendu According to online edition of The Guardian of London “Kenneth Heilman and his team at the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at Cornell University discovered that the brains of artistically creative individuals have a particular characteristic that may enhance creativity. The brain is divided into two halves, or hemispheres, that are joined...

By Madu Chikwendu On May 29, 2014 Democracy Day, Borno State Secretary to the Government (SSG), Ambassador Baba Jidda (a very eloquent gentleman) dragged Nollywood into the fray. According to him the Federal Government has spent less than 300 million on the crisis but the same Federal Government has given billions to Nollywood! Time and space do not permit me to respond...

By Madu ChikwenduIn Recent times three announcements may have created hope that the global media order long skewed in favour of the west may finally achieve the long desired balance. Newspaper baron Nduka Obaigbena announced plans for Arise TV…a global news station operating out of London and other western capitals. Nigerian terrestrial broadcaster TVC only recently...